It’s not an awesome signal when watching a brand new present simply makes you concentrate on different, higher exhibits. That’s the case with Netflix’s Ginny & Georgia — premiering Wednesday, Feb. 24 on the streamer; I’ve seen 5 of the ten episodes — a mildly cute, form of boring new dramedy that wears its pop-culture inspirations proudly on its sleeve. Perhaps just a little too proudly: It appears like a present created by an algorithm, or conjured up from a TV author’s imaginative and prescient board. It borrows liberally from previous exhibits, primarily Gilmore Ladies and Lifeless to Me, however the influences don’t all mix collectively. We are able to see the seams.
The story follows 15-year-old Ginny (Elevating Dion‘s Antonia Gentry), a brainy introvert typically outshined by her vivacious 30-year-old mother Georgia (Batwoman‘s Brianne Howey), who shamelessly makes use of her ample intercourse attraction to get what she desires. After Ginny’s stepfather dies in a suspicious “accident,” Georgia snatches the inheritance away from his fuming relations and strikes her youngsters to a quaint Massachusetts city for a recent begin. (Ginny’s bored with recent begins, although: To her, the city “appears like Paul Revere boned a pumpkin spice latte.”) And if this setup all sounds a bit Gilmore Ladies to you, you’re not alone. The truth is, Georgia comes proper out and says it: “We’re just like the Gilmore Ladies, however with larger boobs.”
However the connection is barely superficial: The writing from first-time creator Sarah Lampert and showrunner Debra J. Fisher doesn’t method Amy Sherman-Palladino’s caliber. Too typically, they accept a witty pop-culture reference the place significant dialogue ought to be. (The primary episode alone name-checks all the things from John Hughes and Fairly Lady to Harry Potter and Vanderpump Guidelines.) A pastiche of pop-culture touchstones doesn’t add as much as a compelling TV collection, although, and the extra I watched Ginny & Georgia, the extra hole it felt.
There’s a layer of crime-drama intrigue right here, too, surrounding Georgia’s checkered previous and the circumstances of her late husband’s demise. (Each mom and daughter tense up after they see a cop approaching.) Like Lifeless to Me, one other Netflix thriller set amid suburban bliss, Ginny & Georgia reveals one other small piece of the puzzle every week to maintain you . A minimum of that’s the thought, however the flashbacks are a bit Crime Drama 101 and aren’t almost as gripping because the present thinks they’re.
The tip result’s just a little too grownup for teenagers, and just a little too teen-y for adults. Gentry and Howey are each fairly good right here, they usually rapidly set up a combative however affectionate rapport, however they’re virtually on two separate exhibits. (For a mother-daughter present, Ginny and Georgia don’t really share many scenes collectively.) The teenager aspect is decidedly the extra profitable of the 2, poignantly capturing the crushing heartbreak of an unreturned textual content or a impolite remark from a stranger on-line. Ginny’s new BFF Max (Sara Waisglass) is an over-caffeinated font of #TeenLife slang — hundo P! — however Ginny’s new crush Marcus (Felix Mallard), the bad-boy stoner subsequent door, is a strolling cliché. (Does he have a bike? In fact he does!)
Ginny & Georgia appears to have one thing attention-grabbing to say about feminine magnificence requirements and the suffocating constrictions of the patriarchy — Ginny calls out the AP English curriculum for being too white and too male — however it will get jumbled amongst all the opposite issues the present is attempting to be. Ginny and her mother each find yourself in lukewarm love triangles, with Georgia eyeing the city’s mayor (performed by Friday Evening Lights‘ Scott Porter) in addition to bearded espresso store proprietor Joe (Shadowhunters‘ Raymond Ablack). All of it makes for an uncomfortable mixture of mild small-town shenanigans and gritty crime twists, and neither of the 2 are sharp sufficient to actually hook you. In the end, Ginny & Georgia feels prefer it was made to fill an area within the “As a result of You Watched” row on Netflix… and for a streamer intent on preserving you binge-watching it doesn’t matter what, possibly that’s sufficient.
THE TVLINE BOTTOM LINE: Netflix’s Ginny & Georgia is mildly cute, however it tries to do an excessive amount of and principally reminds you of different, higher exhibits.